There is an excellent career opportunity for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist or an experienced CBT therapist to join the Community Mental Health Team(CMHT)which covers West Wiltshire, based in Trowbridge and Warminster, to cover maternity leave for a year. He or she will be expected to provide specialist assessments and psychological therapy to older people and their families, as well as consultation and supervision to team members. The post is primarily community-based, but there is also opportunity to provide much appreciated psychology input to our organic older adult inpatient unit and our Care Home Liaison Team.
Clinical psychologists and psychological therapists are part of the Wiltshire Psychological Therapies Service (WPTS) but work closely with multidisciplinary colleagues and are embedded within the CMHT. However, the WPTS meets separately on a regular basis, providing a welcome space for support and discussion on topics particularly related to the profession.
There is also a network of Older Adult Clinical Psychologists and therapists working across the entire trust which meets regularly.
Within Wiltshire we also have a Band 7 clinical psychologist in our North Wiltshire CMHT team who works with the Older Adult population.
Further, we have two experienced Band 8a Clinical Psychologists, as well as a Lead Older Adult Clinical Psychologist who has considerable responsibility for psychology provision within the Wiltshire Memory Services and the CMHTs.
The post holder will join these as a group of psychologists and therapists with special interest in older adult mental health services. However, the psychology service as a whole is an ageless service, working with people over the age of 18 years. This will enable the post holder to draw upon other specialities and areas outside of the older adult framework to develop their career, if this is desired. Clinical psychologists and therapists in our service currently provide a range of psychological therapies to adults of working age and older adults, including EMDR, CBT, CAT, DBT, ACT and MBCT. This will give the successful candidate the opportunity to gain further therapy learning objectives and she or he will certainly be supported to do so.
We also encourage team members to be an integral part of service development. We have a close and supportive relationship with the well-regarded University of Bath Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme and regularly have clinical psychology trainees from that course on placement with us.
The post would best suit a person with some older adult experience but we welcome applicants for whom this is an area of interest and/or have experience with adults of working age, as we will provide support to help the post holder to develop in expertise in the area of older adult mental health. We also welcome newly qualified clinical psychology applicants.
Applicants must have a professional qualification and/or chartered clinical psychology status, the latter holding a post-graduate qualification in clinical psychology as approved by the British Psychological Society.
Applicants will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or be in the process of being registered.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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Dr Norah O’Shea, Lead Clinical Psychologist (Older Adult) or Ms Lesley Golding, West Wilts Team Manager on 01380 731200.